What does the word semicircle mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • An instrument for measuring angles.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Semicircular.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A half- circle.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Any semicircular structure.

Usage examples for semicircle

  1. The blazing fire shone out upon a semicircle of people representing just those elements of mingled intimacy and novelty which go to make conversation. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. At the end of about two feet on either side of the centre the moulding forming these curves is bent sharply down for a few inches to a point, and is then united to the jambs by a curve rather longer than a semicircle. – Portuguese Architecture by Walter Crum Watson
  3. As they drew nearer to the camp, the roll of musketry was heard, for the enemy had brought up a force of 5000 men from New Orleans, thinking to overwhelm the solitary 1st Brigade in the dark, and had unexpectedly opened a semicircle of fire upon it. – The History of the First West India Regiment by A. B. Ellis